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The strains of flu like viruses seem to be getting stronger and stronger and also seem to linger on for a lot longer than your "average" flu (even longer than man flu!). Whilst there maybe not a lot you can do to avoid being in contact with people that may pass a virus on (kids, schools, work colleagues, people going to the gym when they are ill (stay at home guys, the air con' whizzes your germs all around the gym) and such like), it is possible to boost your immune system, so you can at least give your body a fighting chance. 


Exercise Regularly 

Physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. This may reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu, or other illness.
Exercise causes changes in antibodies and white blood cells (WBC). WBCs are the body's immune system cells that fight disease. These antibodies or WBCs circulate more rapidly, so they could detect illnesses earlier than they might have before. However, no one knows whether these changes help prevent infections.

The brief rise in body temperature during and right after exercise may prevent bacteria from growing. This temperature rise may help the body fight infection better. (This is similar to what happens when you have a fever.)
Exercise slows down the release of stress hormones. Some stress increases the chance of illness. Lower stress hormones may protect against illness.


Sleep & Rest

Not getting your full 7 or 8 hours on a regular basis could potentially lead to the greater risk of developing a cold or flu.” In simple terms, sleep deprivation suppresses immune system function. Or, as Balachandran puts it, “The more all-nighters you pull, the more likely you are to decrease your body's ability to respond to colds or bacterial infections.”


Alcohol

Just one night of binge drinking affects and supresses the immune system, and it can happen within just 20 minutes of ingesting alcohol.

So not only does it hamper your body's ability to burn fat, it can also harm the immune system (not to mention the stinking hangover the next day and writing off the entire weekend. "Never again" !!! Dehydration can also be a factor in the immune system so drink your water guys (2 litres a day). 


Good Nutrition

Quite apart from the fact that if you feed your body garbage it will eventually look like garbage, what you feed your body will affect how the body functions. And this includes the immune system. Here's a list of foods that could help boost your immune system...I tried effortlesly to find research that proved a chinese takeway is good for the immune system, but alas I couldn't find anything (damnit).


         Citrus Fruits ~ Red Peppers ~ Broccoli ~ Garlic ~ Ginger ~ Spinach ~ Yoghurt ~ Green Tea ~ Kiwi ~ 

       Chicken / Turkey Soups ~ Oats ~ Salmon and "oily" type Fish ~ Beef ~ Sweet Potatoes ~ Mushrooms


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